Security Iranian border forces attack Kamal Khan Dam workers in Nimroz 2021-03-08 Afghan security forces repelled the attack as local officials and residents warn Iran to stop its malicious interference in Afghanistan's infrastructure development. Security 2021-03-05 Afghan commandos rescue 34 captives from Taliban prison in Herat Inmates who spent up to eight months in the mountain prison shared bitter stories of torture and mistreatment, including being starved, tied up and beaten with iron rods. Security 2021-03-05 In photos: Afghanistan's 'true heroes' showcase skills in Kabul exhibition Some 100,000 citizens visited a display of Afghan security forces' capabilities during a three-day exhibition, during which leaders vowed to defend the homeland against Taliban aggression. Security 2021-03-04 Taliban aid crackdown spreads fear over treatment of women The Taliban have told aid groups it is unacceptable to 'take women out of their homes in the name of women's economic empowerment, education and sports programmes'. Security 2021-03-04 Sticky bomb kills female doctor in Jalalabad The attack comes two days after three female media workers from Enikass TV were gunned down in Jalalabad in two separate attacks mere minutes apart. Terrorism 2021-03-03 Afghans outraged by assassination of 3 female media workers in Jalalabad ISIS's Khorasan branch claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, but officials say the Taliban routinely hide behind ISIS claims to cover their tracks. A year after the Doha agreement was signed, do you think the Taliban have fulfilled their commitments? - Not at all. They are not committed to peace - Somewhat. They have fulfilled only part of the bargain - Yes - I don't know - I don't know what the Doha agreement is View Results Spotlight Iranian weapons, IRGC uniforms discovered in Taliban base Afghan commandoes also seized Iranian maps that detailed operations targeting military posts, district centres and other parts of Herat province, revealing future Iranian plans. Security 2021-03-02 2 months after killing reporter in Ghor, Taliban return to murder his family After gunning down Bismillah Adel for being a journalist, Taliban militants returned to Ghor, killing three of his family members, including a 12-year-old girl, and wounding four others. Economy 2021-03-02 With government help, Samangan farmers replace poppies with pistachios Government-backed efforts eradicated poppy from the province, and in its place established pistachio orchards on 400 hectares of land, planting 160,000 saplings. Security 2021-03-01 Iranian weapons, IRGC uniforms discovered in Taliban base Afghan commandoes also seized Iranian maps that detailed operations targeting military posts, district centres and other parts of Herat province, revealing future Iranian plans. Connect with Us: Subscribe to the Salaam Times newsletter Subscribe We send updates twice a week with the latest news and features Security 2021-02-26 US strikes hit Fatemiyoun smuggling route in Syria, sending clear message Afghan militia Fatemiyoun Division brought in a new arms shipment to positions in eastern Syria that were later bombed by US fighter jets. Nearly two dozen Iranian-allied militiamen were killed. Security 2021-02-25 Taliban reportedly pledged water access to Iran in return for support During a January meeting in Tehran, the Taliban and Iranian officials made several commitments to each other on a variety of issues, including giving Iran free access to Afghan water. Religion 2021-02-24 Herat cleric faces backlash over criticism of Afghan forces Mujiburrahman Ansari's remarks about the security forces and government are 'irresponsible', 'rubbish' and 'un-Islamic', say religious scholars. Human Rights 2021-02-23 China deems Xinjiang rape, abuses as 'shining examples' of progress China's foreign minister declared at the UN that his country's systematic abuses of Muslims, which include gang rape, show Beijing's commitment to human rights progress. Security 2021-02-22 Evidence suggests Haqqani Network, ISIS co-ordinating terror attacks Officials say the Haqqani Network takes care of planning and providing resources, while ISIS launches the attacks and takes responsibility, providing a smokescreen from accusations. Terrorism 2021-02-22 Outpouring of outrage follows video of children weeping over wounded mother A video showing two small children crying over an unconscious woman went viral, sparking fresh outrage against the Taliban amid a continuing surge of violence in Afghanistan. Crime Justice 2021-02-19 Prisoners rescued by Afghan commandos recount Taliban's brutality The Taliban punched, kicked, flogged and administered electric shocks to those who did not give detailed answers to their extracted confessions, not caring whether they were true or false. Security 2021-02-19 Taliban 'clearly' behind violence in Afghanistan: US As the US points the finger at the Taliban for ongoing violence in the country, NATO said it has made 'no final decision' on the future of its Afghanistan mission. Women's Rights 2021-02-18 Faryab agriculture project creates more than 2,000 jobs for women More and more women in Faryab have been contributing to their province's advancement through government-funded projects that aim to empower them. Health 2021-02-18 International probe accuses China of withholding info on COVID-19 origins Beijing's lack of transparency and selective data sharing have frustrated the team of international specialists tasked with probing the origin of the pandemic. No conclusive findings were made. Security 2021-02-17 Growing intra-Taliban feud threatens to unravel peace process The Taliban's political wing has decided to do something about its military colleagues' intransigence on a number of issues, and some fear an even greater escalation of violence across the country. Security 2021-02-17 Taliban's pledge to 'support infrastructure' met with widespread ridicule The Taliban are traveling around the region, attempting to show a moderate face to the world, but Afghans know the truth: the group actively undermines infrastructure projects across the country. Diplomacy 2021-02-16 Iran receives land in Kabul after angering Herat residents with wall for years The wall outside the Iranian consulate in Herat caused traffic congestion and turmoil for six long years. Tehran took down the wall only after it received an unequal bargain for land in Kabul. Human Rights 2021-02-15 Iran's Sunni community blasts Islamic Republic's 'Muslim unity' claims Sunnis in Iran are excluded from holding senior positions in government and the regime bars them from repairing dilapidated mosques or building new ones. Human Rights 2021-02-12 Muslim women recount China's campaign of systematic rape in Xinjiang One victim described witnessing a gang rape of a young woman whom camp staff brought before dozens of other detainees. Policemen took turns raping her in front of everyone. Security 2021-02-12 Afghanistan prepares to deploy more than 14,000 Local Army forces The Local Army will be more effective at keeping the Taliban in check in remote districts and villages, military experts and residents say. Education 2021-02-11 Out from under tents: 14,000 Sar-e-Pul students access real classrooms Sar-e-Pul education officials say 90% of the province's schools are now ready for use. For years the province suffered from Taliban destruction and sabotage of educational buildings. Protests 2021-02-10 Thousands gather in Herat to slam Taliban for skipping out on peace talks With bomb blasts and targeted killings continuing to terrorise Afghan cities and intra-Afghan peace talks stalled in Doha, public outrage is growing after Taliban delegations visited Iran and Russia. Technology 2021-02-10 Beijing censors shutdown Clubhouse after blissful week of 'real internet' Threatened by truthful conversations on the treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang and the thorny issue of Taiwan, the Chinese regime has stamped out freedom of thought once again. Security 2021-02-09 More targeted killings hit Kabul as spy agency busts 'terrorist cell' The Taliban, ISIS and Haqqani are collaborating with each other to carry out bombings and targeted attacks, Afghan spy agency said. Security 2021-02-09 Fearing for the future, Hazaras prepare to fight ISIS, Taliban Hazaras have long been persecuted by hardliners in Afghanistan. Now they are fighting -- with arms and through education -- to protect the gains they have made after the overthrow of the Taliban.